[22] The Lighter

In September Mr. Rodriguez caught Tre with a lighter in the boys’ bathroom. He confiscated it.

Tre challenged him all year. He interrupted his lessons — even got into a shouting match.

One day in June, Tre held out his hand. “Thanks, man.”

Mr. Rodriguez pulled his student into a hug.

Published by Justin Deming

I live and teach in the Hudson Valley region of New York. My fiction has appeared in Emerge Literary Journal, Flash Fiction Magazine, Free Flash Fiction, Spelk, The Daily Drunk Magazine, and elsewhere.

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